Pelli Kanuka (1960 film)

Pelli Kanuka

Directed by C. V. Sridhar
Produced by S.Krishnamurthy
T. Govindarajan
Written by Acharya Atreya (dialogues)
Story by C. V. Sridhar
Starring Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Krishna Kumari
B. Saroja Devi
Music by A. M. Rajah
Cinematography A. Vincent
Edited by N. M. Shankar
Venus Pictures
Distributed by Venus Pictures
Release dates
22 April 1960
Country India
Language Telugu

Pelli Kanuka (translation: Wedding Gift) is a 1960 Telugu-language romantic drama film directed by C. V. Sridhar. The film stars Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Krishna Kumari, B. Saroja Devi and Jaggayya in the lead roles. The music was composed by A. M. Rajah. The film is a remake of 1959 Tamil film Kalyana Parisu. A triangular love story, the film is about a young man who rents a house near his girlfriend, but the girl's elder sister is not aware of their romance. She subsequently falls for the man and wishes to marry him, so her younger sister decides to sacrifice her love, unknown to the former. The comedy track between Relangi Venkata Ramaiah and Girija became popular and was remade with Brahmanandam and Kovai Sarala. The 1982 Telugu movie Devata which was also remade as Tohfa in Hindi also had a similar storyline.


Bhaskar (Akkineni Nageswara Rao) and Vasanti (B. Saroja Devi) are college mates who clash when she complains to the college principal about a love letter he sent her. Later on realizing her mistake, Vasanti apologizes to him and the two fall in love. Vasanti's elder sister, Geeta (Krishna Kumari), supports the family by stitching clothes.Bhaskar rents the room upstairs in their house. He falls ill and in nursing him, Geeta falls in love with him. She confides her love to Vasanti, who decides to sacrifice her love for her the sake of her sister and convinces Bhaskar to marry Geeta. Bhaskar initially neglects Geeta. On finding out, Vasanti writes to him that their sacrifice, made for Geeta's happiness, would mean nothing unless he is a good husband to Geeta. Bhaskar relents and Geeta and he have a son. Vasanti joins them and Geeta suspects that there is something on between Bhaskar and Vasanti and makes Vasanti leave the house. A few years later Geeta, having found out that Bhaskar and Vasanti loved each other, dies in guilt leaving Bhaskar alone to bring up their child making him promise that he will make Vasanti the child's mother. Bhaskar learns of Vasanti's impanding marriage to her former boss (Jaggayya ). By the time he reaches there, Vasanti is already married. He hands over his child to Vasanti as a wedding gift and walks away.



The film was a remake of Kalyana Parisu (1959) from Tamil. Akkineni played the role of Jagayya in Tamil. A. M. Raja provided music for both the versions. Krishnakumari played the role of Vijayakumari and Relangi played the role of Thangavelu.[1] Saroja Devi reprised her role from the Tamil original.[2]


  1. "Pelli Kanuka 1960". Telugu Cinema. Archived from the original on 23 December 2005. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  2. "Saroja Devi in Kalyana Parisu and Pelli Kanuka". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
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